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Georgia man accused of firing at 2 campers, setting buildings on fire

A Georgia man is in jail after firing at two campers and setting several buildings on fire, the Jackson County sheriff said.

The incident was reported about 7:30 p.m. Saturday as a structure fire with shots fired on Bravo Drive, about 66 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Investigators determined Robin Martin, 56, of Pendergrass, opened fire after a dispute, striking an occupied vehicle and another that was unoccupied, Sheriff Janis Mangum said.

Martin then started the fire, Mangum said. The buildings were destroyed before the fire was extinguished.

Authorities later spotted Martin from a Georgia State Patrol helicopter. He was caught while hiding with a rifle in nearby woods, Mangum said.

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Martin faces aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and arson charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-367-8718. 

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